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the biggest earthquake and tsunami in japan. aftershocks are a given, but the latest jolt with the preliminary magnitude of 6.4 was apparently not an aftershock at all but a new earthquake in its own right. the quake on friday and most of the tremors since have been northeast of the capital. that's where the loss, the devastation, they're simply too much to bear. the official death toll stands at 3,373 with more than twice that number officially listed as missing. the real numbers are unknown, certainly much higher. here's a more solid number for you. 91, that's the latest count of countries big and small offering some kind of help, according to japan's foreign ministry. through it all the most immediate crisis is the fukushima daichi nuclear plant. all three reactors that were online at the time of the quake have endured explosions in the building that housed them. earlier today a fire broke out in a building that houses a fourth reactor and the radiation went into the atmosphere. the fire is out now. the government says radiation levels at the plant are no longer harmful to human health. tha
>>> more devastation in japan this morning, as the death toll from that massive quake and tsunami rises. >> also, tens of thousands of people are forced out of their homes amid fears of a nuclear meltdown. >>> fundraising efforts are underway to help the people hurt by that devastating earthquake in japan. >>> and good morning, everyone. welcome to mornings on 2. it is sunday, march 13. >> we do have ktvu's crews here, and in tokyo. we're going to hear from them in a moment. >> first, let's check in with rosemary. >> sunrising at 7:24. still dark out there. in addition to clouds outside our door. that ahead of a storm. the sunrising at 7:24. the best news about that, the sun setting at 7:15. with cloudy conditions out there, we are warmer than we started yesterday. we're tracking the storm, and we'll talk about the wet active pattern, expected as we move through next week as well. all of that coming up in just a few moments. >>> this morning, there are near fears the death toll from the disaster could go over 10,000. this is new video that shows the severity of the disasters in th
, we'll bring that to you live. in japan today here, the focus really is on this number 3 reactor. that is where we saw the video. you see it here of these helicopters dropping water. sea water in this attempt to cool it off and prevent a possible meltdown. tokyo electric or tepco is in this desperate rush to build a power line so the fukushima daiichi plant can power up its cooling systems once again. later on in this newscast, i'll be speaking with a man, an american man who was inside one of the facility, actually in a building next to one of the reactors working when the quake hit last friday. >> cracks were opening up on the ground. i looked over at the buildings around me and glass was breaking, lights, sirens, people screaming. >> can you imagine? he's a software engineer there for a couple weeks working on the power plant's computers. he has not spoken to cn nyet. but he will on this tram. we will also check in with our team in tokyo where shrinking supplies of food and gases are a growing concern. >>> a lot of ground to cover here. right off the bat, i want to show you so
alert. t the disaster in japan keeps getting worse. japanese officials confirm that a meltdown could be occurring and we will have the latest. >> dave: this as the death toll is rising, the number of people killed could top a staggering 10,000 in one state alone. >> clayton: take a look at this, satellite image showing what a city in japan looked like before and then after the tsunami. stunning images show how powerful the natural disaster really was. "fox & friends," hour two, starts right now. . >> dave: for many of you it's hour number one, those of you that didn't spring forward and get the clocks reset. it is hour number two. >> clayton: and a lot happening. the nuclear explosion in one of the plants was-- the word from the government that the plant is on the verge of a meltdown. >> alisyn: hard to know. what's the late s, david. >> reporter: there's a warning from the government that there could be an explosion at the plant, there's been a build up of hydrogen, different from the one yesterday and warning that there could have been already a partial meltdown of one of the unit
. >>> here are the developments we're following this morning on the disaster in japan. president obama is allowing family members of u.s. government workers in japan to evacuate. arrangements are being made for charter flights. an earlier white house order told americans in japan to stay at least 50 miles away from the fukushima nuclear plant. japanese military helicopters have been dropping water on that crippled plant today. they're hoping the aerial assault will cool off the reactors and avoid a total meltdown. >>> the japanese stock market opened lower today. taking back yesterday's gains. the yen soared to a new high against the dollar on the currency markets. >>> finally, while the world watches the tragic events in japan, many wonder what we can do here to help. this includes one little massachusetts girl. >> she sprang into action selling her most precious items in hopes that she can help those who need it the most. here's tricia taskey of our affiliate wggb. >> here. >> this is autumn. and it's going to be hard for me to give her away. >> reporter: 7-year-old sage freeman is p
>>> four days into an epic disaster. a growing crisis in japan triggering worldwide concern. new explosions shaking japan's crippled nuclear industry all while hundreds of bodies begin washing up onshore. the horror is unimaginable. >>> and thanks for being with us on this monday, march 14th, it's 6:00 a.m. here on the east coast, 7:00 p.m. in tokyo. we're following the developments of this unfolding catastrophe in japan. >> the tsunami's fury in japan becoming clearer this morning. a new day brings new fears of a nuclear disaster now. overnight, another explosion at the fukushima nuke particular plant. radiation levels were detected. this is being called the greatest hardship there since world war ii. hundreds of thousands of people in need. there are long lines at gas stations and at food stores, people are waiting and waiting. there is a shortage of food and water this morning. >>> also, an overwhelming sense of despair as we said, bodies washing up onshore, the number of dead continuing to mount, and also the financial cost. losses from the quake and tsunami could total $100
on the mounting nuclear crisis in japan, authorizing the first evacuations of american government employees out of the country. in addition, the state department is warning all u.s. citizens to consider leaving japan. the unpredictable weather conditions risks spreading radioactive material. that move comes as japanese crews and military helicopters brave radiation to dump sea water on to the stricken fukushima complex. the tactics are an attempt to cool overheated radium fuel that may be on the verge of spewing out more radiation. meanwhile, plant operators say they're racing to finish a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis. still, the top u.s. nuclear regulatory official is warning american citizens within 50 miles of the complex to leave the area or at least remain indoors. testifying on capitol hill yesterday that the situation is "very serious." >> we believe that there is no water in the spent fuel pool known as number four. i would say that it is my great hope that the information that we have is not accurate. i would hope for the sake of everyone that th
part in a protest. >>> confusion today in japan about the damaged nuclear power plant. more pools of radioactive water were found inside and the owners gave widely conflicting accounts about the danger. that only heightened concerns that the crisis has been mishandled. lee cowan is in tokyo. >> reporter: it was the second apology in as many days. and just the most recent example of late or flat-out erroneous information coming from the owners of japan's stricken nuclear power plant. >> tokyo electric power company says it needs to revise its announcement. >> reporter: tepco officials reported radiation levels near a pool of one of the reactors were 10 million times the normal level. workers were evacuated and news reports were full of fears the crisis only deepened. for all the alarm bells the news set off, sets out tepco says it was wrong. the radiation level in that pool and three other pools was high, but not the astronomical level first described. tepco apologized for what it called an inconvenience. but it was an inconvenience no one here needed. those in the hardest-hit area
. >> i think the events unfolding in japan incidence actually appear to be more serious than three mile island. to what extent we don't really know now. so as their unfolding very rapidly on an hour by hour, day-by-day basis and there are conflicting reports. we don't really know in detail what's happening. >> we're at a moment in time where, obviously, all of us are heartbroken by the images of what the happening in japan. we're reminded of how american leadership is critical to our closest allies even if those allies are economically advanced and powerful, there are moments when we need our help and we're bound together by a common humanity. >> all right. welcome to "morning joe." a live look at times square. it is thursday, march 17th, st. patrick's day, with us on set, pulitzer prize-winning historian, jon meacham, the chairman of deutsch incorporated, donny deutsch and columnist for "the new york times," nicholas kristof. also in washington, msnbc contributor mike barnicle. a lot going on today. japan looking graver and graver by the moment. >> certainly is. it seems, there's been
plant in japan. right now, emergency workers are risking their lives to prevent a complete nuclear meltdown. crews began the first of four helicopter water drops. at the same time, workers on the ground are using a water cannon meant for riots to shoot water directly into one of the reactors. it is a desperate last ditch effort to keep spent nuclear fuel rods from melting. in a potentially troubling sign white steam was again seen rising from three of the reactors. radiation levels at the plant dangerously high. japan's electric company is working desperately to reconnect power at the plant today. meantime, damning reports about the owner of the japanese power plant. accord to the australian, the owner falsified safety data and said in 1989 tokyo electric injected air into the containment vessel of a reactor number one to lower the leak rate and when caught apologized for "dishonest practices." now, abc's martha raddatz with the latest on the last ditch effort to saint planet. >>> 50 workers inside the plant working in the dark with nothing but flash lights wearing overalls and hea
bunker. despite little radiation risk in most of japan, this morning, there's a race to leave the country. >> for the first time, the u.s. has authorized the evacuation of family members of american diplomats. charter planes are being used to fly americans away from danger. >> and the u.s. is pressuring japan to step up its efforts to avert a nuclear meltdown. they dropped sea water on the crippled reactors today. a heroic step, since the pilots are risking their lives to complete that mission. >> and the tokyo stock market, dropping once again. >>> it was a night of high-level phone calls over the nuclear crisis, as president obama spoke to the japanese prime minister. >> while the white house offered full support in helping japan recover, the president underscored his concern of the safety of americans. emily schmidt begins our report from washington. >> reporter: with the nuclear plant crippled on the ground, desperate efforts are coming from the air. helicopters dumping sea water into the holes of the roof of damaged reactor number three, hoping to cool it enough to prevent a nuclear
>>> choppers in the air, water cannons on the ground, japan launches an attack on a crippled nuclear reactor hoping sea water can stop an unfolding nuclear catastrophe on this "american morning." i'm christine romans. welcome to "american morning." it's march 17th, st. patrick's day. >> st. paddy's day. you are irish? >> somewhere am i irish. >> have you have green eyes. >> i'm irish. >> i'm kiran chetry. we're following the latest on japan's crisis. the focus is how to get the reactors cooled down, specifically reactor number three at fukushima's daiichi power station. military helicopters are dropping 30 tons of sea waters on the crippled reactor's pool. >> they're also spraying on the ground, up to a dozen water truxz a trucks are in place. the united states is telling americans to get at least 50 miles away from the reactor. >> there is one more critical development to watch for, engineers are planning to begin the process, which is key in this whole thing, of restoring power to the daiichi complex. they want to bring in external power lines to try to get the plant's cool
>>> breaking news. a monster earthquake rocks japan overnight, touching off a massive tsunami that wiped out vast areas. tsunami warnings have been issued for most of the pacific, including hawaii. the earthquake triggered fires that are burning out of control along japan's east coast. transportation is disrupted, and emergency crews are being mobilized as officials only emergency crews are being mobilized as officials only begin to count the casualties. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. a monster earthquake struck japan this morning, triggering a devastating tsunami that swamped a wide patch of the japanese coastline, causing widespread damage, and some major damage, as well. the 8.9 magnitude quake was centered off the northeast japan coastline, about 240 miles northeast of tokyo. it is the biggest quake to hit japan in 140 years. the pictures, they are stunning. take a look. you can see the fires that are still burning at this hour. also, a 13-foot tsunami wave rolled inland, sweeping away everything in its pa
of the region. but first, we turn to japan. where emergency workers are feverishly trying to cool down overheating fuel rods at the earthquake and tsunami-stricken nuclear plant. a u.n. nuclear official says the situation is "very serious." but appears to be stable. for now. the u.s. authorized the first evacuations of americans out of japan and president obama says he has asked for a comprehensive review of u.s. nuclear plant safety. correspondent greg palkot is in japan with the latest. >> reporter: there were desperate measures thursday in the fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern japan. helicopters doused water on overheating reactors to avoid a catastrophic core meltdown. the facility was sprayed down with more water from fire trucks. while authorities say there is some stabilization, they admit the method had little effect in reducing temperatures at the plant. others say even if a power line reaches coolant pumps they might not work. >> this is a very severe situation. we need to keep coolings at the fuel so that it doesn't reach criticality. >> reporter: all of the uncertaint
>>> tonight an a race against time to contain japan's nuclear nightmare. we'll have the latest. >>> a local family comes together to pray for their loved one caught in the middle of the crisis. >>> and new at 11, a celebration of an unlikely reunion between a dog and his family after winston's winter adventure. abc 2's news at 11 starts right now. . >>> if you're a mother here stateside and your daughter is a 15 hour plane ride away in an earthquake, a tsunami, and a cloud of who knows what coming at her, what would you do to get her a back? we'll find out in a minute. >>> what's happening in japan right now? the situation is getting more tense. >> military helicopters have begun dropping huge loads of sea water on to that crippled plant. this comes hours after nuclear officials said all the waters used to cool those nuke lear rods had dried up. >>> and we learned two other workers at the plant taking turns going in and out of the danger zone to try and buy a little more time. all the way being exposed to deadly levels of radiation. >> they put their lives in their co-workers h
u.s. nuclear plants. as the crisis? squaw pan deepened -- as the crisis in japan deepening, they called for the closure of the indian point power plant outside new york city. and connecticut senator joe lieberman saying we should put the brakes on building any new reactors in the u.s. so could what happened in japan happen here? and does the disaster spell the end for the nuclear power industry in the u.s.? joining the panel this week our columnist and deputy editor. kim, you have been reporting this story all week. what is the u.s. nuclear industry saying about the disaster in japan? >>> there are big differences here, paul, and it shouldn't stop nuclear power. here is why -- one of the worst things that can happen to a power plant is station black ut yo. that is the total cut of yo from the electrical grid that powerers the pump. and because the facility is so concerned they always have back up plans. the japanese had back up plans, but they were not robust enough to deal with a tsunami the size that came in. it swept away the fuel tanks that ran the back up generators. i
. >> thanks. >>> all right, it is march 17, and of course japan has been bombarded or -- has bombarded a crippled nuclear plant with water, a desperate attempt to cool nuclear fuel rods. helicopters donned 30 tons of sea water, but wind scattered much of it. radiation levels actually rose. a few hours later, fire trucks hosed down the plant with little success. officials will keep trying. >>> crews hope to restore electricity to the nuclear complex. maybe within a matter of hours. that could power generators for the cooling system to keep nuclear fuel rods covered in water, but even if electricity is restored, the plant's water pumps may have been damaged by the sea water that was dumped. >>> and a new earthquake hit japan a few hours ago. seismologists say it had a preliminary magnitude of 5.8. dr. sanjay gupta was reporting live on cnn when the quake struck. >> reporter: we're feeling an aftershock right now. i'll tell -- i don't know if you saw that, but things moving around a bit on us even as i'm talking to you. these aftershocks have come quite frequently. it's still continuing h
coming from japanese officials. >> events unfeeling in japan incident appears to be more serious than three-mile island. to what extent, we don't know now and as they're unfolding rapidly on an hour-by-hour, day- by-day basis and there are conflicting reports, so we don't know what is happening. >> reporter: at the white house, questions surveyed about the japanese government's honesty in dealing with the crisis and who americans should listen to. >> when there is a situation when our advice on what to do in reaction to this incident to protect your physical safety, if first from the advice the government of japan is giving, we'll give separate and additional advice to american citizens in japan. >> reporter: millions are struggling still with no electricity, little food, water or heat and in frigid temperatures, rescuers are trying to find survivors five days later, followed by a tsunamina thaswallowed entire towns, survivors are being found. >> chances of survival are small but we're doing our best. >> reporter: and foreigners are continueing to evacuate japan tonight. the death tol
the every-changing situation in japan. we'll have live updates on "america this morning" and later on "good morning america." also stay up to date any time at abcnews.com. >>> moving on to other news beginning with libya. four "new york times" journalists who have been covering the fighting there are now missing. pull its zero prize winning reporter anthony shadid, stephen farrell and photographers tyler hicks and linsey add dario were last heard from on tuesday. meanwhile, moammar gadhafi's forces have been battling rebels in a key city in eastern libya. there could be a vote today in the u.n. security council on whether to impose a no-fly zone over libya. >>> meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton was in cairo talking through an unscheduled stroll -- taking an unscheduled stroll through tahrir square, the symbolic center of egypt's revolution. she urged egyptians to not let extremists ruin what they've already accomplished. clinton saying she will not stay on as the nation's top diplomat if president obama is re-elected. she also says she has no interest in another run for the whit
factual question which may be of interest of people watching relating to japan. there's been concern, and i think a certain amount of confusion about what the potential danger is to the u.s. from the nuclear plant problems in japan, and particularly as the media's been following the last few days and a sense that the possibility of a meltdown at the plant, the explosion, and emission of a large amount of radioactivity and people are concerned about the west coast of the u.s., particularly hawaii, guam, and other islands may be subject to some danger, and i wonder if you have a current sense of what that possibility is? >> i'll refer back to the statement made by the chairman of nuclear regulatory commission in looking at all the scenarios, they do not see radiation reaching the u.s. that it would be of a danger or require protective angsts, but anticipation of this, fema support with the department of energy have a system called rad net. it's been there and 24 hours a day, seven days a week monitors various channels, air, water, other types of things across the country, and so if we
>>> japan's nuclear nightmare growing even more desperate this morning as a cloud of smoke forms above the crippled daiichi power station, a sign that the containment vessel may have been breached. we're following the latest minute-by-minute developments on this "american morning." >>> welcome, again, thanks for being with us. >> a lot to cover this morning. in japan, the number of dead and the level of fear are rising fast. here are the latest developments in what is likely to be the costliest natural disaster the world has ever witnessed. more than 3,700 have been killed. close to 8,000 people are missing following friday's 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. >> japanese officials fear it may have been caused by a breach in the containment vessel of reactor number three. officials are now bringing in helicopters to drop water into a cooling pond through the damaged roof of the reactor hoping to slow or stop any meltdowns. >>> for several hours last night, things grew so tense at the power plant, work was suspended and everyone there was told to evacuate. now, they've now retu
of control, spiraling nuclear crisis in japan. one question. could a kind of suicide mission by japanese workers stop it? or is it too late? and could this happen to the same kind of reactors right here in america? >>> good evening. this is what an american official told us today. it would be hard to describe how alarming the situation is inside japan's nuclear power plant. teetering on the brink of a multi-reactor meltdown. that last ditch hope, the workers heading in on what he called a suicide mission. and even that may be too late. as family members of some of the workers have begun to weigh in, one of them writing tonight, "my father has accepted his fate, much like a death sentence." and, the japanese people are lining up today to be tested or to leave, but we want to talk, as well, about what this means for the united states. we're going to tell you about worst case scenarios, what it might really deliver to hawaii, to california, the rest of this country, all of that ahead. but martha raddatz leads us off, she spent the day with experts asking about the reality of what is happeni
. the massive tsunami working its way through japan. these are some of the most incredible pictures we've seen from sendai japan. charlie d'agata has more. >> reporter: it looks like -- a wall of water raced across the farmlands sweeping cars and buildings aside. a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami that washed away everything in its path. the cars bobbed in the port city. as another wave sparked near sendai. one oil refinery was also struck. a government spokesman urged people to stay calm. office workers were caught in swaying buildings in the capital. japan's prime minister was addressing parliament the moment it hit. they're used to earthquakes in japan, but this was the largest in 140 years. >>> the warning center issued a warning for hawaii stretching to taiwan and indonesia and russia, columbia and peru. there was a tsunami watch for the western coast of the united states and canada from the mexican border to alaska. the height of the waves could be highier than some low lying places in the pacific. the un has 30 search and rescue teams are on alert. >> the event is taking japan by
resulting in extremely high radiation levels. a nuclear expert in japan says a separate reactor that is already melting down used plutonium. the white house is warning u.s. citizens to stay at least 50 miles away from that site, far more than the 20 miles japan is recommending. and millions have minimal food and water and are living in snowy and rainy conditions. more than 4300 are confirmed dead but officials believe that number will jump above 10,000. >>> another day of talk about a nuclear meltdown has touched off debate about radiation levels. now, most health experts agree that we have little to fear. simon perez has more on how people are exposed to radiation in their life every day. simon. >> reporter: dana, a lot of people are concerned about what is happening in japan and whether it could actually cross the pacific ocean and get here to california and the united states. but the fact of the matter is radiation is already here as you said exposed to it every day as you say. >> there is no way to avoid it. it is very small amounts. >> reporter: this radiation biologist say
evacuating americans from japan as danger levels remain high at the crippled nuclear plan this, despite new attempts by military helicopters to cool off the plant's overheated reactors and fuel rods. the top u.s. nuclear regulator says conditions at the plant are much worse than japanese officials say and recommends that americans say 50 miles away. this morning questions about nearly two dozen nuclear reactors with the very same design "early" this thursday morning, march 17th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning. welcome to "the early show" here on a thursday morning. scenes from earlier. military choppers, japanese military helicopters dropping sea water on this nuclear plant a part of the last-ditch effort to bring sea water in ho help cool down the fuel pools and also the nuclear rods there at this facility. >> that is the effort from the sky. also hearing about water cannons on the ground as they try to bring things in there. we are learning this morning that the pentagon is sending in teams to assess the situation and see in a larger military presence may be needed. also
much. >>> president obama insists the radiation set to reach the west coast from japan today is not at a dangerous level. but the government has deployed dozens of radiation sensors now running around the clock. now, they send data directly into computers at epa, which have not yet reported any increased radiation. >>> and as a precaution, airline passengers, luggage and cargo arriving in the u.s. from japan are now being screened for potentially harmful levels of radiation. customs agents say so far they've only detected small amounts of radiation in some cargo at several u.s. airports. now, none was high enough to cause any concern. >>> now, with that let's take a look at your friday forecast. a busy news day. heavy rain from seattle to san francisco. up to 2 feet of snow in sierra. lighter in cascades and rockies. light rain from cincinnati to st. louis and louisville. scattered showers for upstate new york and northern new england. >> and spring-like day along the east coast. nearly 70 degrees here in new york. very welcomed. and also shy of 80 degrees in atlanta. 50s fro
. >>> the u.s. government is trying to get americans out of japan. charlieey. >> are -- charley. >> flights are being chartered out of japan. nearly officials say more -- official say 450,000 people are in shelters and supplies are running low. more than 5,000 people are believed dead and officials believe the total will climb more than 10,000. >>> look at the video showing the tsunami wave crashing through the store's entrance early in the morning. the water knocked down clothing racks and left clothes and other merchandise washed-up in the nearby parking lot. seven waves wrenched the store during the span of 3 1/2 hours. the store opened in september and the owners are vowing to rebuild and reopen. >>> and stay with abc2news.com. our special section on crisis in japan is full the latest news, pictures and videos. find that under the spotlight section on the home page. >>> today, the usns comfort is shipping out. it went to haiti last year to help after the earthquake and now it's headed south again. linda so joins us live at the canton pier with more on the mission. linda. >> reporter: go
that's happening in japan and not in the united states. >> is california prepared for a major earthquake? >> we clearly considered things like tsunamis and earthquakes. >> ironically while we are debating the budget here, on the other side of the aisle calls for 20% reduction in the national weather service. >> in washington, house democrats, house republicans get the spending cuts they want, including cuts for tsunami warning. >> the tsunami warning center has been cut. what does that mean? >> that gets people's attention when you hear that the pacific tsunami warning center has been cut. >> house republicans are defending cuts to foreign aid and ocean safety. >> this really is going to be crunch time the next three weeks. >> it will be the sixth, count them, sixth bill for this fiscal year. >> good evening from los angeles. right now, workers at japan's fukushima nuclear plant are trying to put out a fire at its number 4 reactor unit. the fire erupted in the outer housing of the reactor's containment vessel. last night, the storage pool of that same reactor caught fire. offi
for japan also economic. government pumping in $183 million into the financial system. white house expressed confidence in japan's ability to handle a financial aftermath. "we are getting ready to assist the japanese, our friends and allies, in any way we can. " damaged of nuclear reactor complex continue to cost concerns after cooling problems all-out nuclear fuel rods to generate radioactive steam which officials have been trying to control. reactor has now entered the stage where it is being cooled. struggling to find basic necessities. called a " for the first time in four days, drug store by my house had bread. " temperatures expected to drop below freezing their big. >> stories of courage and endurance days after the disaster. sharing a story. making contact with loved ones for the first time. >> people, and american teaching and the japan, ready to come home. made contact with his mother for the first time, horror film. wants out. "no idea how nice it is to hear your voice." mother's fears put to rest. finally connecting. pictures playing over and over again, no comfort when they have
fishing industry has been devastated by the damage to the harbor. >> new video of the tsunami in japan as this pushes through the city of pentanuma>> this unbelievable six minutes give you a pain street side view of the tsunami. it tears apart this town. this car flying through the water. remember, somebody is behind this camera shooting all of this. standing on the staircase leads to this hill where people are looking in disbelief. it is eerie. boats, floating to the city. and in the 2 minutes, the water is even more ferocious. watch this man you can see just how quickly the water is moving as it pushes that a van down the street. one minute later, the staircase with photographer is gone. the water is very close at this point. you can see a boat floating down the street. one of the most shocking videos is just a few moments later. watch this house. the water rips it away. it flies down the street and the roar of this tsunami as it closes in. and it is destroying everything in its past and --path you can barely see through the path of debris. christine connolly. >>pam: as always time
, mark from washington. >> good morning. >> a lot going on today. should we get right to japan. >> let's do it. >> three days after getting a hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. right now rescue workers are searching for survivors in the country's coastal towns where more than 10,000 people are estimated dead and millions of residents without power and clean drinking water. safety concerns are also lingering over growing problems at nuclear facilities. earlier today, 11 people were hurt when a second hydrogen explosion rocked a nuclear plant, sending a massive column of smoke into the air. that blast was felt 25 miles away but the plant's operator says radiation levels are still within legal limits. meanwhile, the u.s. now says it has moved igts ships and aircraft away from one of the quake-stricken plants after discovering low-level radioactive contamination and "the new york times" reports that the "uss ronald reagan" passed through a radioactive cloud, causing crew members to receive a month's worth of radiation in about an hour. this is something we had a gut feeling about
americans urged to evacuate after the plant crisis in japan continues to worsen. >> darya: desperate measures to try and prevent a meltdown at the power plant. >> mark: tragedy in the bay area of big wave server dies after servinserving mavericks'. >> this is the kron 4 morning news. >> darya: think you for waking up with the morning news on march 17th. >> mark: we will stop with james and the weather. >> james: we have lot of activity in the pacific headed our way, today we will have a brief break, mostly dry. the for showers fallen north bay about 9:00 p.m. tonight. i will break it down coming up. >> george: if you drive 583 altamont pass you will want to know how slow it is. it is our first hot spot of the morning. >> mark: the latest out of japan, desperate measures to prevent at meltdown at the power plant in japan. four reactors in danger of melting down. military is dumping thousands of gallons of sea water on to the reactors, in hopes of cooling the compact box. the flights have been suspended as radiation levels are very high. they failed to cool down the reactors. they are
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>>> in you "good morning maryland. >>> rushing-- >>> now, good morning maryland." >>> japan's emergency teams are doing all they can. >>> tired about a pothole in the road, but what a woman did to draw attention to the problem and get action. >>> i am sherrie johnson live in fells point war irish pub is giving back to the earthquake victims in japan. that story coming up. >>> happy st. patrick's day and thanks for joining us. i am megan pringle. >> i am charley crowson. how will the weather be? people will be bouncing from pub to pub. if you do so, drive safely and don't drive if you've had anything to drink. >> walk because as justin will tell you, the weather should be pretty nice for that, right? >> very nice. all day through, and through tonight, today, we are going to be expecting more sunshine and yes, the irish eyes will be smiling as we have ourselves a look at a warmer day today and warmer still for tomorrow. that holds what we have been talking about all week. a little change for the weekend and not the change that's in our buckets behind there. we are looking at p
the internet was a life line to people in the middle of japan's multiple disasters, but also to people everywhere who were just trying to understand it all. >> it's the first place you turn for any kind of information. of course, yahoo! web life editor heather cabot joins us now with more on those searches and other trends this week. good morning, heather. >> reporter: good morning. the crisis in japan continues to dominate searches on yahoo! it's been more than a week since the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc on the island nation. the rescue and recovery efforts coupled with the threat of nuclear disaster sent people online to find real-time photos, videos and, of course, the latest news. yahoo! users wanted to know more about the threat of radiation exposure and how it's treated. after multiple explosions rocked the fukushima power plant, searches for preventive measures including potassium iodide tablets spiked 150% this week. people wanted to understand how far radiation can travel, which other countries could be affected and they also looked back at the history of other n
>>> another earthquake rocked japan. tsunami alert issued. adding to court. trying toccused of teenager into an on-line game. address to the nation, depressant talks to the country about the situation in libya. why it will cost you more to a taxi in d.c. tomorrow. abc 7 news at 11:00 starts now. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >>> we begin with breaking news. a domino's pizza delivery man s killed tonight. happened in seat pleasant, maryland. police were called to reports a road.s lying in the he was pronounced dead at the hospital. we have a crew on the scene and bring you more details as they become available. >>> we are following jib held in developing news in japan. another earthquake struck japan today. a tsunami warning has been issued but has been cancelled. >> it is an area already distressed. more than 10,000 deaths and more missing. another earthquake has shaken the region. while no one can prepare for hundredsture's wrath, taken to thee protest of pepco's handling the situation. the operators of the nuclear plant issued their seco
right now on libya. also an apology in japan. after more workers are exposed to potentially deadly levels of radiation. and what's being blamed for this overexposure? a communications error. all this while fears grow that one reactor at that plant could be leaking. from the cnn center in atlanta, georgia, this is your cnn start morning. hello to you all. glad you could spent some part of your saturday morning with us. i'm t.j. holmes. i do want to start now, though, in japan with the growing concern over radiation levels in the ocean water around that damaged nuclear plant. radiation levels in the air at least seem to be decreasing. paula hancock's live for us in tokyo. hello to up. what are they saying about this possible leak of one of those reaccour reactor cores. that's a key concern right now. >> reporter: absolutely. well, t.j., this was said friday evening local time when they were concerned there could have been a break or rupture within the reactor core as well and this is why the water was 10,000 times the radioactive level than it should have been. but now they're saying
>>> a lot of news happening overnight in libya, japan, and right here at home. i'm kiran chetry. we want to get you up to date. in japan, new concerns a at one of the nuclear reactors and word that radiation is spilling into the ocean. >> and it's moving in the air here in the united states, another state detecting radiation from fukushima. this one is on the east coast. we'll tell you how high the radiation levels are and how it could have possibly been spread here. >>> in libya, the no-fly zone in place. rebels make steady progress toward tripoli. here at home, president obama plans to make his case why libya matters to us. "american morning" begins right now. >>> so we do have that lot going on, but the head scratcher is the final four. you've got two unlikely schools, vcu and butler. >> we've had some upsets. although somebody pointed out the other day, you can't keep calling butler an upset when it keeps doing it. >> that's right. >>> let's stick with the top stories on japan. a lot of people wondering what's going on with the radiation disaster in japan. and another tsunami sc
of the on time traffic. >>> the disaster in japan, the united states now chartering flights to get americans out of japan because of dangers posed by radiation. >>> helicopter crews have been dropping sea water over the plant. but they can only hover 40 minutes at a time. >>> police are getting ready to use water trucks to spray water on the reactors from the found. all of the reactors are in trouble and u.s. officials say it's more serious than the worst u.s. accident in u.s. history. >> the events unholding in -- unfolding in japan incidents actually appear to be more serious than three mile island. to what extent we don't really know now. >> they are also working this morning to restore electricity to the plant to restart the cooling system. >>> also other earthquakes that occurred. two felt in chile in canada, no damage there. another in the south pacific about 1,000 miles east of australia. it was 17 miles under the sea floor and officials say there was no danger in this case of a tsunami. >>> now to a developing story out of montgomery county. there was an explosion outside after a home th
if >> darya: top stories extreme measures been taken to prevent a meltdown in japan. >> will: the same agency that tells us about spare the air dazes watching japan. we will tell you of radiation is making its way to the bay area >> mark: a big wave server dies at mavericks' will give you details of a moment. >> live from the bay area new station this is a kron 4 morning news. >> darya: march 17th, 2011 happy st. patrick's day. >> james: it's a cold morning as you head out the door. 18 degree difference in novato compared to yesterday. livermore 15 degrees cooler, you get the idea. we have a big storm headed our way in our weather update we will break that down for you. >> george: it has been a quiet start to the morning commute, we are ignored things may change with an accident on 580 in livermore. >> mark: beginning with an crisis. extreme measures trying to prevent a a small down at the japanese call plant. the military was trying to cool those reactors somehow. desperate measures to dump water from helicopters. in hopes of trying to collect, the flight to up been suspende
. they now control a key city in oil-rich eastern libya. we have a live report straight ahead. in japan, a new concern at a crippled nuclear plant. tests show a big spike in radiation levels in sea water just off shore. we're live in tokyo as well. also nba players, many of them hoping they have a really good game tonight. why? because the money they raise is going to go to the victims in japan. a thousand dollars for every point they score. one of the people taking part, al horford, the atlanta hawks star. he'll be here live to talk about those efforts. >>> but first i want to take you to london where we can show you pictures of a massive protest and march taking place there. the crowd estimated in the tense of thousands protesting billions of dollars in budget cuts. this march was called by trade unions. we have seen some clashes with police there in britain. sco scotland yard's also on the scene. 300,000 public service jobs reportedly will be cut by these austerity measures. civil servants won't be seeing pay raises. we've been watching these pictures for the last hour or so, for the
's the latest from tokyo at this moment. back to you guys. >>> the crisis in japan has some people wondering about the safety of our nuclear plant. there are 104 facilities in this country, and one of them is in maryland at the coward cliffs plant, 50 miles from washington, d.c. and as derrick ward reports, officials there say a situation like the one in japan not likely here, but they say that they are ready just in case. >> reporter: a world away in japan, there is fear and uncertainty as damaged nuclear reactors lead to what's being called radiation anxiety among those potentially exposed and something more serious among those definitely exposed. in maryland, they're not anxious but not ignoring the events of japan either. >> we'll have industry experts deep deeply engaged with the aftermath to understand what went well, what didn't go well, and apply those lessons learned to our industry. >> reporter: the emergency operations facility near the plant is hub of the preparedness in the event of an incident where they would monitor everything from radiation output to media coverage of the ev
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is preparing his own take on the u.s. role in the war. >>> also this morning, new fears in japan as radiation levels reach stunning new heights, and the air around the damaged nuclear plant is no longer the worry. rather, it's the water. >>> also something we're keeping an eye on right now in great britain. budget cuts are coming at a high cost for british leaders. protesters on the streets this morning clashing with police officers over proposed austerity measures. we'll have the latest from there. again, this is happening right now. from the cnn center, this is your cnn start morning for this march the 26th. i'm t.j. holmes. we do want to start with a new and disturbing incident in tripoli. this happened today. it's a story that maybe highlights the brutality of a regime that so many people are now fighting against. we want to bring in our cnn international correspondent nic robertson with the latest. tell us what happened. >> reporter: well, t.j., it all began this morning over breakfasttime when a lady came into the hotel, a middle aged appeared to be very respectable lady came into the h
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